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Walk recommendation in Brindabella or Namadgi NP area

Postby Huntsman247 » Sat 17 Aug, 2019 9:18 pm

Hi All,
Looking for a 4-day walk that is on a footpad for the majority, not fire trail. Off-track sections even better.
I haven't been to the Brindabella/Namadgi area and am looking for some suggestions. I've got the Take a walk book that covers it. However, the only multiday it has is orroral valley to bimberi peak but after a bit of reading my friends and I would attempt that as 2 days, not 3.
The next set of free days I've got is early Sept.
How cold can I expect it to be around that way early sept?

Any recommendations?
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Re: Walk recommendation in Brindabella or Namadgi NP area

Postby Zapruda » Sat 17 Aug, 2019 10:57 pm

Interesting on track Multiday walks are scarce in Namadgi if you walk at a decent clip.

If you are comfortable off track, you have a few more options.

My recommendation would be Scabby Range and Mt Namadgi over 3 nights. You would start at Yankee Hat carpark and head up Middle Creek to Big Creamy Flats for night 1. The scrub up middle creek is relentless but worth it. Day 2 you would head up and over Mt Namadgi, down to Rotten Swamp and up to the top of Mt Kelly and push on for camp at Scabby Tarn. The fire regrowth here is tough. Wrist thick saplings on the way to Mt Kelly. Day 3 you head up Mt Scabby and explore the beautiful headwaters of the Cotter River then head to Sams creek and follow it down stream for a while. You then head up to Gudgenby saddle, drop the pack and climb Gudgenby, camping in the saddle for night 3. Day 4 is a short and easy footpad and firetrail back to the car.

This will give you some of the best views in the whole area. It’s not strictly Namadgi for the most part but it is jaw dropping on those peaks. Lots of granite to play on and the rock arrangements on Mt Namadgi and Scabby are very interesting. It’s all stunning sub alpine above 1600m.

Temps will hover around 10 - 15 deg during the day and drop to no more than -5 at night. Obviously colder in the valleys between high points. Snow will be mostly gone in the area but will probably still be on the highest peaks. Chance of snow falling is still a possibility.

There are a few more options if that doesn’t tickle your fancy. Mt Morgan, Halfmoon peak and Bimberi are all fantastic climbs with excellent views. This is mostly in northern Kosciuszko. There are heaps of huts in the area as well as some interesting geological features like Blue Waterholes.

Let me know if you want any more suggestions or some gpx files.

Stef.
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Re: Walk recommendation in Brindabella or Namadgi NP area

Postby Mark F » Sat 17 Aug, 2019 11:48 pm

If wanting a tracked walk this may not be long enough but can be extended with a few side trips. Starting at Orroral follow the AAWT to Cotter Gap, side trips to Bimberi and Murray. Continue through to Blue Water Holes and a little cross country back to Pockets Hut then up the track to Leura Gap and back down to the Cotter. Head North and then take the ft across to the top of the Orroral Valley and down the valley to your car.
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Re: Walk recommendation in Brindabella or Namadgi NP area

Postby north-north-west » Sun 18 Aug, 2019 11:50 am

Mark F wrote:If wanting a tracked walk this may not be long enough but can be extended with a few side trips. Starting at Orroral follow the AAWT to Cotter Gap, side trips to Bimberi and Murray. Continue through to Blue Water Holes and a little cross country back to Pockets Hut then up the track to Leura Gap and back down to the Cotter. Head North and then take the ft across to the top of the Orroral Valley and down the valley to your car.

Most of that, however, is on firetrails.

It's possible to follow the NSW/ACT border ridge from Leura Gap over Bimberi and Murray and then hit Morgan and Half Moon as a sidetrip, and return via the tracks. Of course, I have no idea what may have happened with fires and regrowth since I did it.
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Re: Walk recommendation in Brindabella or Namadgi NP area

Postby Huntsman247 » Mon 19 Aug, 2019 8:54 pm

Thanks for the suggestions I'll be checking these out on a map in the next couple days.
I'd much prefer offtrack to firetrails. Firetrails are just such a big turn off for me.
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Re: Walk recommendation in Brindabella or Namadgi NP area

Postby Mark F » Tue 20 Aug, 2019 1:01 pm

Sorry, I missed the aversion to fts. Try this one, almost all off track Yaouk - Half Moon Peak, Morgan, Murray, Bimberi, down across the Cotter then up Kelly, Scabby and back down to Yaouk. Fantastic granite slabs to walk down as you come off Scabby to the west.
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Re: Walk recommendation in Brindabella or Namadgi NP area

Postby Huntsman247 » Sat 31 Aug, 2019 10:36 pm

Mark F wrote:Sorry, I missed the aversion to fts. Try this one, almost all off track Yaouk - Half Moon Peak, Morgan, Murray, Bimberi, down across the Cotter then up Kelly, Scabby and back down to Yaouk. Fantastic granite slabs to walk down as you come off Scabby to the west.
Where abouts would the best start/end point be for this be? Quick squiz shows a lot of private property. Never been in this area before.
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Re: Walk recommendation in Brindabella or Namadgi NP area

Postby Mark F » Tue 10 Sep, 2019 4:25 pm

Sorry for the late reply Huntsman. I've been on Lord Howe Island for the last 10 days which is a great place for a digital detox. See the topic http://www.bushwalk.com/forum/viewtopic.php?f=36&t=30129 for a bit more info. The starting point we used would be further south than Zapruda's - just on the northern side of Boogong Creek. Follow the trails up onto the southern ridge of Half Moon Peak the up the ridge.
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Re: Walk recommendation in Brindabella or Namadgi NP area

Postby Huntsman247 » Wed 11 Sep, 2019 10:46 am

Mark F wrote:Sorry for the late reply Huntsman. I've been on Lord Howe Island for the last 10 days which is a great place for a digital detox. See the topic http://www.bushwalk.com/forum/viewtopic.php?f=36&t=30129 for a bit more info. The starting point we used would be further south than Zapruda's - just on the northern side of Boogong Creek. Follow the trails up onto the southern ridge of Half Moon Peak the up the ridge.
Fantastic! Thanks for the link. I'm headed out this evening. Going to give mt namadgi a crack but will give your suggestion a go as well in the near future hopefully. Thanks heaps everyone for your responses. I'll report back with how we go.
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